|The Following Eulogy was delivered by Grant's
18 year old brother, Gerald at the funeral which took place on
Wednesday, November 22, 2006 in St. Peter's Church in Columbia, SC.
First, I would like to thank everyone
for coming today, my family and I truly appreciate each and every
one of your support. Grant Gallagher, my brother, was the most
amazing person any of us will ever meet. He was an incredible
inspiration to hundreds, and touched more peopleís lives in 16 years
than many can hope to touch in a lifetime.
As I watched everyone walk through
the funeral home last night, I realized how many people truly cared
for my brother. He was an inspiration to so many. For the past few
days, Iíve read countless pages of messages, to him and myself,
describing how much he impacted peopleís lives.
Everyday, he was a shoulder to lean
on, an ear to whine to, and a smiling face for so many. It was
impossible to start a fight with Grant. No matter how hard you
tried, heíd always break your anger with a laugh. If he couldnít get
you to laugh, he would blow you away with raw musical talent.
The first love of Grantís life was
music. He could play anything he wanted to. I remember leaving for a
friendís house, or to play Frisbee or football, and telling him he
should learn this song or that song. By the time I came home, heíd
be playing it from memory.
As I sat thinking about what I was
going to say today, I stumbled upon a few quotes that I thought
might help me express my feelings, because I feel sometimes, if you
canít seem to find the words, someone has already said it better.
Amelia Burr once said, ďBecause I
have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.Ē I believe this
quote says a little bit about Grantís take on life. He never, ever
missed an opportunity to make people laugh, or to make people happy.
And because of this, I believe we should not have sorrow, but
celebrate, because he truly loved life.
Iíll end with a quote by Charlie
Daniels, which he wrote on his way to the funeral of one of his
friends, and one of Grantís heroes, Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd
"A brief candle; both ends burning,
An endless mile; a bus wheel turning,
A friend to share the lonesome times,
A handshake and a sip of wine,
So say it loud and let it ring,
We are all a part of everything,
The future, present and the past,
Fly on proud bird, You're free at last.Ē